Tag Archive for 'Rio+20'

OECD report on green growth at the heart of development

June 11th, 2013 by Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

With 7 billion people in the world today and 9 billion by 2050, we must invest in development that will meet the growing demands for food, water and energy. The OECD publication Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Development suggests that these investments could define a path for inclusive growth and sustainable development by […]

Sustained growth on a finite planet is the essence of unsustainability

June 30th, 2012 by George Monbiot

In 1992 world leaders signed up to something called “sustainability”. Few of them were clear about what it meant; I suspect that many of them had no idea. Perhaps as a result, it did not take long for this concept to mutate into something subtly different: “sustainable development”. Then it made a short jump to […]

KPMG report states that the world is heading towards a green economy

June 14th, 2012 by KPMG

KPMG has released a roadmap report to help businesses understand the central themes from the United Nations Rio+20 Earth Summit and its potential impacts. “Sustainable Insight: Road to Rio” provides practical information for businesses planning to be ‘’on the ground” in Rio, as well as a perspective on the likely outcomes from the Summit. It […]

Small island nations commit to increase renewable energy supply

May 9th, 2012 by United Nations Development Programme

The Achieving Sustainable Energy for All in Small Island Developing States Conference concluded on 8 May 2012 with the adoption of the “Barbados Declaration” calling for universal access to modern and affordable renewable energy services, while protecting environment, ending poverty and creating new opportunities for economic growth. The declaration, adopted just weeks before the UN […]

WorldWatch Institute’s State of the World 2012 outlines what is needed for global sustainable prosperity

April 30th, 2012 by Worldwatch Institute

Over the last 50 years, the world’s middle and upper classes have more than doubled their consumption levels, and an additional one to two billion people globally aspire to join the consumer class. The planet cannot maintain such increases in resource demand without serious consequences for both people and ecosystems, concludes the Worldwatch Institute in […]

GDP+ to measure value of natural resources and social wellbeing

March 12th, 2012 by DEFRA

UK Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman has pledged that the UK will be a driving force in pressing for new goals to help the world embrace a greener and more sustainable economy at this summer’s major Rio+20 UN conference. Mrs Spelman said the UK will work with Colombia and others to develop and drive forward the […]

The Durban Vision Statement – unprecedented transformation required for global sustainability

December 15th, 2011 by Stockholm Environment Institute

Looking ahead to Rio+20 and future climate negotiations, four of the world’s leading research institutes on global sustainability have released a statement calling on world leaders to “adopt a new mindset to listen to the voice of science and knowledge and address the unavoidable interconnections between global sustainability, poverty eradication, social justice and economic development […]

Cutting black carbon, methane and ground level ozone boosts food security and saves millions of lives

December 2nd, 2011 by United Nations Environment Programme

A package of 16 measures, if fully implemented across the globe, could save close to 2.4 million lives annually, avoid crop losses amounting to 32 million tonnes annually and deliver near-term climate protection of about 0.5° C by 2040. Implementing these measures could help keep global temperature rise below the 2° C target, at least […]

UN reports global shift towards a low-carbon resource-efficient and socially inclusive green future

November 20th, 2011 by United Nations Environment Programme

A UN report, Towards a Green Economy: Pathways for Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication, demonstrates that governments and businesses alike are taking steps to accelerate a global shift towards a low-carbon, resource-efficient and socially inclusive green future. From China to Barbados, Brazil to South Africa, countries are developing Green Economy strategies and activities to spur […]

Human resource consumption is far beyond what is sustainable

May 15th, 2011 by United Nations Environment Programme

By 2050, humanity could consume an estimated 140 billion tons of minerals, ores, fossil fuels and biomass per year – three times its current appetite – unless the economic growth rate is “decoupled” from the rate of natural resource consumption, warns a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme.